Besides our amazing onscreen talent, The Other Side boasts an impressive television crew that helps capture these delicate, intense and sometimes scary moments of interaction with the spirit world.
Jennifer Podemski – Producer
Jennifer Podemski is an award-winning actor and producer whose career has spanned over three decades. Well known for her starring role in Bruce MacDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, she has also appeared in Riverdale, Degrassi TNG, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz and Blackstone, among numerous others. Jennifer’s first feature film as a producer, Empire of Dirt (in which she also appeared), garnered 5 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. Behind the camera, Jennifer owns and operates Redcloud Studios Inc., an independent production company based in Barrie, ON. She also dedicates her time to mentoring Native youth across Canada and the USA, facilitating workshops on self-awareness and goal setting.
Wally Start – Producer
Wally Start is owner and executive producer of Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots. He is an innovator with a proven track record of nurturing and growing successful production companies and creating outstanding international content. Angel’s portfolio includes the TV series Rabbit Fall, which was nominated twice for DGC’s Best Dramatic Series category, and the feature films Shadow Puppets, Stained, Big Muddy (TIFF 2014), and Empire of Dirt (TIFF 2013). Whether Wally is working on feature films or TV series, from concept to delivery, he is a hands-on producer – in the writers’ room, on set and in the edit suite. But that doesn’t mean he’s a control freak; on the contrary, he is a great collaborator always looking to co-produce with like-minded producers. Wally injects each project with the same drive and passion that has helped propel Bamboo Shoots and Angel Entertainment into two of western Canada’s leading production companies.
Saxon deCocq – Director
When Saxon isn’t working with commercial clients, he keeps busy by writing, directing and editing his own short films. Saxon’s most recent short film, The Invincible Sgt. Bill, aired on CBC in the spring of 2017. Over the last two seasons Saxon has had the privilege to travel across Canada directing a number of episodes of the nationally broadcasted TV series, The Other Side.
Francis Laliberte – Director
Francis Laliberte is a Media Artist of Cree decent who started work writing, directing, and editing videos that addressed the topics of Suicide Prevention, Addictions, and Healing. Three of his short films have won 5 film festival awards. He has experience in movies, TV and commercials as a Production Assistant, Grip, Digital Imaging Technician, Assistant Director, and Director. Francis started as a Production Assistant and Grip during The Other Side season 3 and has directed 12 episodes and AD’d 11 episodes of The Other Side seasons 4 and 5.
Luke Hutton – Director
Whether as a Director, Editor, DP or Writer, Luke has been crafting award-winning visual stories for nearly 2 decades. He is a graduate of the the University of Southern California’s world-renowned School of Cinema-Television and his directing credits include series drama, series documentary, long form broadcast documentaries, music videos, museum installations, reality TV, and TV ads. In addition to his work in the field Luke is currently a full time professor of film production and screenwriting at Niagara College where he helps a new generation of filmmakers craft award-winning work.
JJ Neepin – Director
Jenna (JJ) is a Cree First Nation’s Director and Writer living/working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. JJ has written and directed several documentary short films including CBC’s Headdress that had its world premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival. She has also directed for several episodes of various documentary television programs. JJ has training/apprenticeship in Directing via the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Women Directors Apprenticeship and the Women in the Directors Chair – Story & Leadership program.
How The Other Side Changed My Life
Many of our team had transformative experiences during the shooting of Season 1. The cast and some of the crew talk about the ways being a part of this TV show affected them: